During Dr. Dan Scholz’s investiture as 10th President of Cardinal Stritch University on October 5, 2021, the University announced that Dr. Mary and Ted Kellner, respected leaders of Milwaukee businesses and philanthropic communities, donated $ 3 million. to support the University’s students and literacy efforts. The donation is the largest in Stritch’s 84-year history.
“Our gift to Stritch is a sign of confidence in Dr Dan Scholz’s presidency and in the academic and administrative team he brings together to manage the future of the University,” said Dr Mary Kellner. “It is a demonstration of our belief in Stritch, his mission and his purpose in our community.”
The donation will support a number of university initiatives, including:
The Believers Scholarship Fund that benefits first generation students, students of color, and students in financial need
Expansion of Stritch’s pioneering literacy efforts, a topic the Kellners are passionate about
Various high quality programs, activities and services that enhance the Stritch experience
The Santa Chiara Scholarship Fund, which continues the legacy of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi, foundresses and godmothers of Stritch
The Dr Mary and Ted Kellner Challenge Match, which encourages Stritch alumni, friends and supporters to show their support and belief in the University, was also featured at today’s ceremony.
âThe entire Stritch family is extremely grateful to Dr Mary and Ted Kellner for their trust in our university and our students,â said Dr Scholz. âTheir support has been unwavering over the past few years. Through Mary and Ted, we have the opportunity to build on the University’s legacy and provide transformational liberal arts education in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition that prepares students for a life of leadership and service.
âAll of the board members and senior administrators who sit on the president’s office and the council of deans have joined Dr. Scholz with their own philanthropic donations in response to the Kellner Challenge Match,â said Marc Barbeau, vice president for Institutional Advancement and External Reports. âCollectively, we also believe in Stritch and invite our alumni, friends and partners to join us in showing their support. ”
Dr. Mary Kellner received an Ed.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service at Stritch in 2007. She has served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2009. Mary and her daughter, Dr. Kristin Schultz, ’13, who received a PhD. in leadership with a focus on clinical depression and meaning-making, are the first mother-daughter doctorates in Stritch’s history.
Ted Kellner is Chairman and CEO of T&M Partners, a holding company dedicated to personal investments. In 1980, Ted co-founded Fiduciary Management, Inc., a $ 20 billion fund management firm based in Milwaukee. In 1984, he co-founded Fiduciary Real Estate Development, a real estate company that today oversees $ 1.7 billion in assets, consisting primarily of more than 8,000 multi-family apartments in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. . He is executive chairman of Fiduciary Real Estate Development. In addition to his professional work, Ted has long been a philanthropic leader in the state of Wisconsin. He continues to serve on the boards of the Children’s Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW Foundation. Mary and Ted’s generosity over the years has often focused on improving opportunities for those pursuing their educational dreams – from elementary school to graduate and vocational programs.